2006-07 BKM vs. Ohio State -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan Head Coach Tommy Amaker

On Ohio State's resolve "They're very talented. They come with a lot of weapons; there's no question they're an outstanding team, a talented team -- conference champions. They made plays down the stretch that allowed them to win this game. We have a six-point lead with two minutes and some change to go, and we didn't score again. Give them credit; they capitalized on every mistake that we made down the stretch. We had a few of them that were costly. But I'm proud of our kids. We're not into moral victories or anything, but I mentioned to them that we laid it all on the line, we put our hearts out there and -- in a lot of ways -- I thought that we deserved to win this game. But sometimes you don't always get what you deserve."

On Michigan's effort "I thought we were confident coming into this game. We had prepared very well for it; the kids had the right frame of mind. We got off to a good start that helped us; the crowd was great for us; everything was lined up for us to steal this victory. Obviously it was an incredible basketball game, but one that we came up a little short in, which is so incredibly disappointing for us."

On moving forward into this weekend's Big Ten Tournament "Certainly, it's going to be tough. This was an opportunity we feel like we had in the palm of our hands, and we couldn't close our fist to finish it and seal it. I'm sure these kids are going to hurt for a while, and they should -- we all should. We have to be able to bounce back, regroup and respond. We have to be able to say we're ready to go into (the tournament) with the right frame of mind, and see if we can continue to play the way we've played over the last ten days."

U-M Senior Wing Lester Abram

On the game ... "It really just came down to the end today. That is why we lost the game."

On preparing for the Big Ten Tournament ... "We are going to have to bounce back. We have a week to prepare. This game is over with, its history. We lost. All we can do is move on and get ready to play."

On playing with the senior class ... "It has been great. We all got along well and everyone was pretty friendly in here. I've just really liked coming to practice and playing with these guys."

U-M Senior Guard Dion Harris

On the game ... "We still had the game with about two and a half minutes left but we just gave up offensive rebounds and turned it over. I think it was three times in a row when we gave up an offensive rebound or turned it over."

On what he was thinking walking off the court ... "Just that we lost a game that we had in our hands and should have won."

On what is next for the team ... "We just look towards the Big Ten Tournament. The season isn't over. We still have games to play. We just have to look at it like that."

On if the game went as he envisioned up until the end ... "Yes. It was Senior Day. We really wanted to get a big win against the No. 1 team in the nation. It is what we wanted, but it just didn't happen."

U-M Senior Forward Brent Petway

On the end of the game ... "We just couldn't put it in the bucket. In the last four minutes, we said in the huddle that it was winning time, but we just couldn't put it in the bucket. Sometimes when we didn't put it in the bucket we turned it over and then gave them a fast break. It's a tough way to lose the game when you had the lead for pretty much the whole thing."

On what he was thinking at the end of the game ... "When I looked up at the scoreboard and saw he hit both free throws and there was only 10 seconds left, I knew it was probably over. It was my last home game and with all of us playing hard we really wanted to get this win against the No. 1 team. We still didn't get it done."

U-M Senior Center Courtney Sims

On if the game today makes looking at the teams record harder ... "Yes. I think that we know we are a good team, but slip-ups like we had at the end of the game today have cost us this season."

On his missed dunk ... "I cannot just look at that one dunk. I know I have to finish strong, but there are a lot of things we could have done differently to win the game. That would have just tied it so who knows what would have happened after. I'm not going to dwell on that."

On if the team felt helpless down the stretch ... "No, not really. We just knew we were making mistakes that were costing us. We were just trying to stop that."

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